Every gambler will have, at one point in their life, spent too much… or tried to chase a loss, resulting in losing even more money...
And while the occasional slip-up is unlikely to cause too big of a problem, if it becomes a regular occurrence – or if you find yourself gambling more than you can afford, then it might be time to take a reality check, and step away from the tablets. In this post, we look at 3 tell-tell signs that it’s time to take a break from gambling.
#1: You Get Angry/Frustrated When Losing
None of us like to lose – but if you find yourself getting increasingly angry, or frustrated when you have a losing hand, or spin, then there’s a chance you may be playing too much, and should take a break.
If you’re playing in a land-based-casino, go for a cigarette… get some fresh air… and evaluate your spending-situation…
And if you’re playing online, consider using the “Time Out” feature that all casinos – by law – must offer, which allows you to lock yourself out of your account for anywhere from 5 minutes, to a day.
#2: You’re Playing Recklessly
Let’s say you normally play £1 spins on the video slots. If you find yourself upping your bets, to either try to match the excitement levels you normally feel, or to try and recoup previous losses, then it’s a good indication you’re out of control and should take a break. Some online casinos allow you to set “Maximum Bet Limits”, which stop you from betting over a certain, set amount, and this can be a great way to limit your spending.
#3: Borrowing/Stealing Money To Gamble
It should go without saying that you should only ever gamble what you can afford to lose. If you find yourself borrowing money, taking out loans, or even stealing money to fund your gambling, then you almost certainly need to take a step back, and have a break.
Gambling will always beat you in the long-run, and while it CAN seem tempting to try and recoup your losses, it’s important to realise that – no matter how big you bet, or how many losing spins you’ve had on a machine, neither the machine, nor the casino “owes” you anything, and you could have another day… week… even month without having a big win…
So NEVER chase losses, and borrow money in order to keep gambling.
If you feel you need help, you can check out gambling charity websites, such as Gam Care, where you’ll be provided free, discreet, impartial advice, and help, to control your gambling and/or quit.